Vice-Chancellor's Office

Updates and events both on and off campus

Let’s Talk: thanks for taking part

📥  Let's Talk

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Thank you to everyone who took part in our Let’s Talk meeting yesterday morning.

If you were unable to make it, you can now watch a recording of the meeting on the Let’s Talk webpage.

Please do take a minute to give us your views on the event if you attended or watched it online so we can develop and further improve our future meetings.

There were around 180 of us in the Arts Lecture Theatre for our tenth event, with another 270 watching online.

Dame Glynis, President and Vice-Chancellor, welcomed everyone before Professor Bernie Morley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Provost, gave an update on the latest developments as we implement our University Strategy.

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Professor Bernie Morley gives an update on how we are implementing two elements of our Strategy

Bernie focused on plans to boost PGT numbers and enhance the experience of Postgraduate Taught students. He also talked about the many ways we engage with our local community, rounding off with a screening of the new promotional video for the Festival on 6 May.

Questions on the presentation on our Postgraduate Taught strategy sparked discussions on how new Distance Learning courses would work in practice, fees and funding, study space and accommodation, with queries on general topics covering everything from working hours to promoting our research internationally.

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A question from the audience

If you sent your question in advance and there wasn’t time to ask it, you’ll receive a response to the email address you provided.

After the meeting colleagues stayed for refreshments in the foyer of The Edge and took the opportunity to network and talk to the Vice-Chancellor and other members of the senior management team.

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The VC chats with colleagues after the meeting

There was a stand in the foyer with more information about the 6 May Festival. With three zones to explore, we’re hoping many of our staff, students, neighbours and friends will join us to celebrate our 50th anniversary. You can follow all the latest news at go.bath.ac.uk/bathunifest and share the event with family and friends via the Facebook event page.

 

Let's Talk today at 11.15am

📥  Let's Talk

Our tenth Let’s Talk open staff meeting with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bernie Morley,  is taking place today– Thursday 6 April at 11.15am.

We’ll be meeting in The Edge in the Arts Lecture Theatre. Doors will open 20 minutes before so that you can find a seat and we can start promptly.

Our topics for discussion today are:

  • our plans to boost PGT (Taught Postgraduate) student numbers and the development of new programmes and online courses to accelerate this
  • how we are engaging with our local community.

As always, part of the session will be dedicated to responding to your questions. If you didn’t send one in, you can ask it today.

There will be time for networking afterwards, together with the chance to view displays about the new gym in the STV and our Festival on 6 May

Refreshments will be available afterwards.

If you can’t be there in person, you can watch the live-stream online or catch up later with the post-event recording; both will be hosted on the Let’s Talk web page.

 

Let's Talk tomorrow - doors open at 10.55am

📥  Let's Talk

Please join us at our tenth Let’s Talk all staff meeting tomorrow (Thursday), 11.15am to 12.15pm in the Arts Lecture Theatre, The Edge.

Doors will open at 10.55am, so that we can start promptly at 11.15am - please arrive early to secure a seat.

The Vice-Chancellor will be joined on stage by Professor Bernie Morley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, who will be discussing:

  • our plans to boost PGT (Taught Postgraduate) student numbers and the development of new programmes and online courses to accelerate this
  • how we are engaging with our local community, including the Festival on 6 May.

Bernie will take questions relating to his presentation; and then, there will be the opportunity for general questions, including those sent in before the event.

If there isn’t time to cover all pre-submitted questions on the day, answers will be emailed and posted online after the meeting.

Do feel free to stay on afterwards to continue conversations over tea and coffee; senior managers will be on hand and pleased to chat about anything that you’d like to raise with them.

If you can’t make it tomorrow, the event will also be streamed live on the web and a recording posted on the Staff Homepage shortly afterwards.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Questions for Let's Talk by 4pm today

📥  Let's Talk

Thank you to everyone who has sent in their questions for our next Let’s Talk open staff meeting next Thursday (6 April) from 11.15am to 12.15pm, in the Arts Lecture Theatre, The Edge.

If you’d like to submit a question in advance, there is still time. Please send it in before 4pm today by:

  • emailing lets-talk@bath.ac.uk
  • using the postcards and suggestion box in the Claverton Rooms
  • calling Ext 6920

You can also put your question at the event to the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and other senior managers who will be attending.

We’ll cover as many questions as there is time for on the day.

Answers to questions on any new topics not previously covered will be published on the Vice-Chancellor’s web pages after the event.

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Any more questions ahead of Let's Talk?

📥  Let's Talk, Let's Talk Q&A

Many thanks to those who have submitted questions ahead of our tenth ‘Let’s Talk’ all staff meeting which is taking place a week today on Thursday 6 April at 11.15am.

There's still time to send in questions in advance if you can't make it on the day.

If you have questions about increasing numbers of Postgraduate Taught students, how we are engaging with our local community or on any other topic, please feel free to:

  • email lets-talk@bath.ac.uk
  • call Internal Communications on ext 6920
  • send through the internal post to Internal Communications
  • use a postcard in the downstairs foyer of the Claverton Rooms

Please let us have your questions by the 4pm deadline tomorrow, Friday 31 April.

If there isn't time to answer all questions on the day, we will email responses shortly after the meeting.

The event will be live-streamed on the day and recorded so you can watch it afterwards if that's more convenient.

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Let's Talk about PGT numbers & engaging with our local community

📥  Let's Talk

Our next ‘Let’s Talk’ meeting is taking place in The Edge on Thursday 6 April, at 11.15am. All staff are invited to attend.

Following introductory remarks from the Vice-Chancellor, Bernie Morley, our Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Provost will lead discussions on how we are implementing our University Strategy, focussing on:

  • our plans to boost PGT (Taught Postgraduate) student numbers and the development of new programmes and online courses to accelerate this
  • how we are engaging with our local community including the Festival on 6 May.

Please ask questions on these or other topics at the event, or submit them in advance by:

  • emailing them to lets-talk@bath.ac.uk
  • calling Internal Communications on ext 6920
  • sending through the internal post to the Let's Talk Team, Internal Communications
  • using the postbox in the foyer of the Claverton Rooms.
Come to the meeting and ask your question in person, or send it in advance by 4pm on Friday

Come to the meeting and ask your question in person, or send it in advance by 4pm on Friday

The deadline for questions is Friday 31 March at 4pm.

 

 

Let’s Talk on Thursday 6 April in The Edge

📥  Let's Talk

All staff are warmly invited to our next Let’s Talk all staff meeting on Thursday 6 April, at 11.15am, in The Edge.

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, will be joined on stage by Professor Bernie Morley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Provost.

The event will provide an update on how we are implementing the University’s strategy, focussing in particular on:

  • our plans to boost PGT (Taught Postgraduate) student numbers and the development of new programmes and online courses to accelerate this
  • how we are engaging with our local community including the Festival on 6 May.

There will be the opportunity to ask any questions prompted by the presentation afterwards; and then we will open up to more general questions.

As usual, there will be refreshments in the foyer to continue discussions, and other senior managers will be on hand and pleased to chat about anything that you’d like to raise with them.

If you would like to submit a question in advance either on the topics we’ll be discussing or more general themes, please email it to lets-talk@bath.ac.uk, send it through the internal post addressed to the Vice-Chancellor’s Office or use the Let’s Talk post-box in the Claverton Rooms Foyer.

We look forward to seeing you in April.

 

Supporting our international staff

📥  Internationalisation, Messages

Dear Colleagues,

In the Prime Minister’s speech tomorrow, we are likely to hear more about the UK Government’s approach to negotiations on the UK leaving the European Union.

I know that many of you are concerned about the impact of the EU referendum and the effect it might have on you personally, or on your colleagues at the University. At our Let’s Talk meeting at the end of November, we discussed the implications of the EU referendum for our people, our strategy and the wider sector.

Supporting all of you through this momentous change is really important, so to follow on from the immigration advice sessions we ran last year we have now agreed to provide further support to our EU employees from outside the UK, and to those joining us from outside the EU.

We will be paying the fee for European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) staff who are eligible to apply for a Registration Certificate or Permanent Residence Card.

Furthermore, to maintain and enhance our ability to attract international candidates from outside the EU we will be providing an enhanced relocation allowance to eligible candidates. There is still some policy detail to be finalised, but I expect further information to be available in the coming weeks.

We have also joined #WeAreInternational to play our part in ensuring our universities remain diverse, inclusive communities open to students and staff from across the world.

Further updates and advice can be found on our website or from your line manager and the HR department.

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Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell

President & Vice-Chancellor

 

VC visits Computing Services

📥  Visits to departments

The Vice-Chancellor’s final visit of 2016 was hosted by Computing Services.

Accompanied by the Director, Andrew Lee, the visit started at the Help Desk in the Library, recently remodelled - with the help of our architecture students - to provide an up-to-date and welcoming space. Sherilyn Elmes, Service Manager, explained how the team dealt with an impressive 150 calls and online requests each day, assisting 2,000 people during induction alone.

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The VC with Andrew Lee, Director of Computing Services

Rob Hyde, Service Manager (AV), showed how the Audio Visual Unit helped students to access online learning, advising that 19% of campus-based lectures were now recorded, with significant expansion underway and further enhancements planned for the next academic year.

The visit continued in 4 East South, where approximately two thirds of Computing Services staff have been based since the building opened in the summer. Steven Chapman, High Performance Computer Manager, explained how his team works closely with researchers to understand their needs and assist with data analysis across disciplines. Mark Acres, IT Security Manager, showed Dame Glynis how information is safeguarded. There was also a demonstration of Skype for Business - a messaging, meetings and screen sharing platform which is being rolled out across the University.

Andrew Lee said: “The visit was a wonderful opportunity for the professional teams in Computing Services to demonstrate our significant achievements to date as well as showcase some of the new technologies we will introduce over the next year to help deliver the University’s strategy.”

Dame Glynis commented: "Computer systems are now fundamental to all that we do as staff and students of the University. I was impressed to see that Computing Services is focusing on ways to improve our experience and support our ambitions. Technology has advanced so much over the University’s first half century and it is reassuring to know that the Department is ready to support us as we embark on our next 50 years."

 

Christmas message from the VC

📥  Celebrating successes, Messages

As we approach the last few working days of 2016, I wanted to wish you well for the festive season.

It has been a particularly busy few months. Our 50th anniversary celebrations on 25 October were a real highlight and I’m grateful to everyone who made them such a success.

Casting our sights to 2017, our University of Bath Festival will be taking place on 6 May and I’m looking forward to welcoming the wider community on to campus to experience the best we have to offer in research, teaching, sport and the arts.

Next year will be an important one for our University and we will be forging ahead with the implementation of our Strategy, attracting more postgraduate students, increasing our research power, continuing to improve our infrastructure and forging stronger international partnerships.

In the meantime, I hope you have the opportunity to relax, enjoy your break and watch the Royal Institution’s 2016 Christmas Lectures which will be broadcast on BBC Four on 26, 27 and 28 December at 8pm.  It is an enormously prestigious lecture series with a rich heritage of scientific discovery and we are delighted that Professor Saiful Islam, from our Department of Chemistry, will present ‘Supercharged: Fuelling the Future’ this year.

My thanks to our entire community for all your hard work. I wish you and your families a very merry and peaceful Christmas, and a happy New Year.

Best wishes,

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Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell

President & Vice-Chancellor